NICHOLAS RIDLEY, BISHOP OF LINCOLN BORN: 1503 EXECUTED: 1555
Latin and Greek scholar who became a speaker for the Protestants.
Publicly denounced Mary I in a sermon.
Declared a heretic and burned at the stake.
An account of his death exists that showed it to be agonizing.
Nicholas Ridley became an adherent of the Protestant cause while a student at Cambridge. He was a friend of Archbishop Cranmer and became private chaplain first to Cranmer and then to King Henry. Under the reign of Edward, he became bishop of Rochester, and was part of the committee that drew up the first English Book of Common Prayer. When Mary came to the throne, he was arrested, tried, and burned with Latimer at Oxford on 16 October 1555.
http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/oxfordshire/visit/past-cranmer.html Oxford Martyrs
http://www.pastornet.net.au/jmm/afam/afam0057.htm More on Oxford martyrs
http://www.io.com/~kellywp/LesserFF/Oct/Latimer.html Lessons and prayers for these.
http://www.ccel.org/f/foxe/martyrs/ Foxes' Book of Martyrs - text.
http://www.seanet.com/~eldrbarry/heidel/englrsc.htm English Reformation resources
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~uzdh0149/ocs/martyrsmem/ Oxford martyrs memorial and history.
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